At the beginning of November, the whole of Beijing
was busy with the Sino-Africa summit. Now the summit is over, yet African
culture has just started penetrating into the city. Bright in color, simple in
design, exotic African artwork and products have gradually found their way into
Chinese homes. To have a piece of Africa in your own house, try some of the
suggestions listed below.
The earliest African artwork shop in Beijing, Touch
Africa opened its doors in 2000 and specializes in various artworks and
accessories from all over the African continent.
The most outstanding characteristic of Touch Africa is its all-inclusiveness.
Surrounded by rhythmic African music, clients are easily dazzled by the various
African masks and statues of gods from western African countries like Mali,
Cameroon and Nigeria, bronze wares from Benin, handmade knitted cloth from
Congo, wooden carvings from Tanzania, stone carvings from Zimbabwe as well as
various bone accessories and musical instruments.
Prices of various artworks can go as high as three to four thousand yuan and
as low as RMB 200. The cheapest African accessories like red bean necklaces are
onlyseveral yuan apiece. Yet a Kenyan Masai neck-ring may cost RMB 200.
Touch Africa is dedicated to the popularization of African culture in China.
It has worked out a pretty comprehensive pamphlet introducing exotic African
customs. The pamphlet includes over 300 pictures and 20,000 words, and can be
borrowed if you want to have it copied. Touch Africa also holds regular
exhibitions of its new products.
Touch Africa has earned a good name for itself since it opened and has
maintained a good relationship with various African embassies.
Location: 3/F Orient Home,
Laiguangying, Chaoyang District
Location: Z301-Z302 Jinyuan Shidai Shopping Mall, No.1 Yuandalu, Haidian
Location: Business Center 1/F, China Millennium Monument, Jia No.9, Fuxinglu,
Tel: 010-68513322 ext 6140
Location: No.44 Laitaihuajie, Chaoyang District
Location: Room F108, 2/F Caojiadu
Flower Birds and Antiques Market, No.33 Wanhang Duhoulu